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Apparently the Catholic Church has recently updated its list of mortal sins to include more specifically modern maladies.  It used to be that only pride, sloth, envy, wrath, et al would land you straight in hell at the point of death.  Now it turns out that “drug abuse, genetic manipulation, morally dubious experimentation, environmental pollution, social inequalities and social injustice, causing poverty and accumulating excessive wealth at the expense of the common good of society” will all earn you a one-way ticket to hell.  Now it seems that the pot-somking hippies and the rich consumerist socialites will be given the ultimate eternal punishment: life together forever.  A fearful prospect indeed.


  1. Hill wrote:

    Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculorum. I just about had a coronary when the story of “the Catholic Church updating the Seven Deadly Sins” hit. I’ve since recovered.

    Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at 6:17 pm | Permalink
  2. Ben wrote:

    I realize you are kidding around, but just to make it clear, the Catholic Church doesn’t have some big “Sin List” that they have to keep “up to date” with “new sins.” I have had several people come up to me saying, “Yeah, so, the Pope made some new sins, hunh? What’s next!? is it retroactive?”

    Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at 8:20 pm | Permalink
  3. I guess David Fincher is going to have to produce a sequel to SeVen with the new sins. What will Kevin Spacey have up his sleeve this time? Injecting cancerous blood cells into those embryo-neglecting liberals?

    Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at 1:44 am | Permalink
  4. Mike L wrote:


    I hope you’re just being tongue-in-cheek.

    These sins, called such by a second-tier Vatican official in a newspaper interview, are not new sins the Pope is adding to the old list of seven deadly sins. They are contemporary ways of committing the seven deadly sins. If that is controversial, it shouldn’t be.

    You know, whenever the Vatican applies old moral teachings to new problems, people accuse it of overreaching, inconsistency, or both. Remember the controversy about Humanae Vitae? The invention of the anovulant pill had created a clamor for a Church ruling about the morality of The Pill’s use. In HV, Paul VI provided just that. All he did was indicate that the old teaching against contraception, which had never changed in substance, applied to the newest form of contraception. Of course, people were furious. People usually are when told something they very much don’t want to hear.

    By the 1980s, though, people stopped being furious about that sort of move and just became contemptuous. Thus, when the CDF issued Donum Vitae in 1987, which condemned IVF among other things, most people just treated it as piffle. They didn’t even consider it worthy of refutation, which was never really provided anyhow.

    Even so, given what the Magisterium says it is, you have to expect it to apply old norms to new problems. It makes no sense to cite that activity as evidence that the Magisterium is not what it says it is. But that’s what a lot of the MSM mockery of this interview appears aimed at doing.


    Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at 10:12 am | Permalink
  5. Halden wrote:

    I’m just having a bit of fun, Mike. Mostly playing to Protestants who don’t get the distinction between mortal and venial sins. Personally, I think it’s good that the church is drawing more attention to the sins mentioned above.

    Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at 10:17 am | Permalink
  6. Hill wrote:

    All in good fun. The problem is that the handling of this “story” by the “media” was some of the most unconscionable “journalism” I’ve ever seen. It just made some of us jumpy about the topic.

    Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at 10:55 am | Permalink
  7. Bobby Grow wrote:

    Yeah, Mike, you know, us dumb fundys . . . ;-).

    Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at 11:53 am | Permalink
  8. Well, I for one am glad the Church isn’t adding NEW sins, I am just getting good at the Seven we have now…

    Tuesday, March 25, 2008 at 5:39 pm | Permalink
  9. anon wrote:

    A late addition to add that it seems to escape the attention of many that the Catholic Church is also big on forgiveness. Perhaps this is because many do not wish to accept their own propensity to sin, and asking for forgiveness is of course a self admission fo this. Sin is a word that many find offensive, these days.

    As pointed out by Mike L, there are no new sins … just the old ones committed in new ways according to the times and culture they live in.

    Friday, November 28, 2008 at 8:58 am | Permalink

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